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Robbb visited İzmir and İstanbul and drew Chinese figures on the walls of two cities. Robbbb reflects Beijing streets in his art.

Robbb visited İzmir and İstanbul and drew Chinese figures on the walls of two cities. Robbbb reflects Beijing streets in his art.

Street artist, Robbbb, has started a new creative project to infuse a bit of China’s working life with the streets of two of Turkey’s largest cities, Istanbul and Izmir, according to brooklynstreetart.com.

On the heels of his sojourn to Beijing, Robbbb is incorporating inspiration from his travels to his newest series of works in Turkey and later Dubai. “This series of works from China are images of the most common people. I took them to foreign countries with an attempt to explore the differences of political and social backgrounds, and to highlight their mode of existence,” he said, speaking about the enlarged, hand-colored, wheatpaste posters he has created, according to the website.

With this project Robbbb brings a Chinese man on a rickshaw to the waste disposal back alley of Istanbul, a lady with a pushcart to a side lot in Izmir and a man loaded down with bags to a small busy street in Dubai. Focusing on cities where workers often get lost amid the noise and chaos as they go about their everyday life, Robbbb aims to introduce people in Turkey and Dubai to their Chinese counterparts. The pieces are images frozen snapshots of workers in mid-action while performing their daily chores or routines dropped onto foreign soil. The concept is well executed and you often see a local performing the same action while passing the wheatpaste poster, highlighting Robbbb’s message of how similar are our daily routines are, even when we live worlds apart. Pushing a grocery cart, riding a bike to work, toiling, walking a child to school or to the market, with this project Robbbb shows our similarities despite our differences in physical appearance, clothing, and culture.

August/23/2012

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